Annual General Meeting – March 26

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on March 26th at 3:30pm in Arts 263.
The meeting is open to all PSAC Local 40004 members.  Your executive encourages all postdoctoral fellows and graduate student workers to attend so that you can find out what is happening with your union.

The AGM is the time to elect our Executive Officers for the coming year.  Your Executive positions are:

  • President
  • Vice President Graduate Student Workers
  • Vice President Postdoctoral Fellows
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Chief Steward
If you are interested in a position or have questions send your union an email!

We will also be presenting proposed revisions to the bylaws and reporting on union activity in the past year.  There will be an update on PDF bargaining.

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Postdoc Bargaining Update

PSAC Local 40004 Postdoc Members
Bargaining Update
February 13, 2018

Your bargaining team met the employer two days negotiating your first collective agreement with the University.  We made some progress on issues such as access to facilities, discipline, and duties and responsibilities.

While we have discussed most of our non-monetary issues, there are still a number of important outstanding items, such as ensuring that the employer is limited from using too many short-term appointments, and full recognition of the hours that members work.

This session, we tabled all of our proposals on monetary issues.  You’re encouraged to read them.  We are asking for, among other issues:

  • Significant increases to the minimum salary for postdocs as well as reasonable increases in each year
  • Access to a wide range of benefits: health and dental benefits, life insurance, the USask pension plan and personal and health care spending accounts
  • Ensuring that CPP and EI apply to postdocs
  • A professional development fund accessible to all postdocs
  • Ensuring that postdocs are considered employees for all purposes
  • Reasonable amounts of vacation and sick leave
  • Numerous other leaves, including for professional development, bereavement, maternity, and for personal reasons

We will be back at the table in March, April and May.   We will update you after each session of negotiations.

Please contact any member of your bargaining team if you have any questions or concerns.  Our Local’s email is psac40004@gmail.com

Your bargaining team:
Andrew Crawford
Joanne Ernest
Suelen M. Goes
Seth Sazant, PSAC negotiator